Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hotshot Review *This book is not out yet, so this will have spoilers!*

Publication Date is August 6, 2013

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood returns with a novel of family drama, suspense, and—of course—romance. 

Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishop’s Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: The girls must run the resort for one year and show a profit—only then will they own it.

A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic. Out of work and in a bad place personally, a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful.

There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding. Among them are Peyton’s contentious cousins, who are outraged that they didn't inherit the resort, as well as a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property.

It’s soon apparent to Peyton that their efforts are being sabotaged, but she refuses to let the threats scare her—until she’s nearly killed. She calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. He saved her life once; he can do it again.
Julie’s previous two titles, The Ideal Man and Sweet Talk, both debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. 

I have always loved Julie Garwood. I was looking forward to reading this novel for while now, and maybe it is what I have been reading lately, or maybe I have just outgrown her work, but this one just didn't do it for me.  Now don't get me wrong, I really liked the writing (like always) and I enjoyed the overall story, but it just didn't make me swoon.

Peyton is a great character and I liked her as a young woman who has kind of bouncing around lately.  Not truly focused but trying to figure out her life when an a huge opportunity lands in her lap, so to speak.  Finn is a former Olympian swimmer who is now part of the FBI and is also moving forward with his life.  Coming home and seeing Peyton after all the years apart has made him realize just how much he has missed her.

Of course we see these two become more than just friends and there is a little bit of drama, but the truth is, I just didn't feel it.  I was sadly, bored.  That is not like me and Garwood.  I usually want to devour every book she writes.  Maybe I will reread this one when I get a chance.  Hopefully after a bit of time I can appreciate it more.

I give it 3.5 lipsticks.  Damn, I really wanted to love this!


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